NaNoWriMo The Final Stretch – Brainstorming Warm-Ups

Turkey, goodies, shopping. . . NaNoWriMo? Yes, it does feel like a bit of a shock to be facing another Monday with NaNoWriMo goals when there is CyberMonday on the brain. I have to admit, I didn’t get as much done this NaNoMonth as I had hoped, but this week is going to be different.

It is the Final Stretch and I plan to finish out strong. You can too! Don’t let turkey, the impossibility of completing the whole book, or the fatigue of a Thanksgiving debris field in your kitchen keep you from getting the most out of this final week. Take it by storm.

The Final Stretch – Brainstorming Warm-Ups:

*Brainstorm a challenging goal for the week. Reach beyond what you’ve done in the past. Write down a few different possibilities and brainstorm ways you could accomplish each one. Then select the one that is the best fit for you. A challenge, but not unattainable.

*Brainstorm ten reasons why you are going to reach your goal. We often focus on the negative, telling ourselves we can’t do it. Start the week right by identifying ten reasons why you can. Each day read the list of reasons to yourself before you start brainstorming.

*Ask your hero/heroine what they have always wanted to do, but never had the courage. Find a way to incorporate this into your story. Let them brave the challenge and come out on the other side unscathed. We will love them more for their courage.

*Ask your antagonist or villain why they like to cause trouble. Build this motivation into a scene. Show the side of them that created who they are.

*Ask yourself what kind of conflict you are going to weave into your writing today. There has to be conflict for the plot to continue to escalate tension with strong stakes.

*Brainstorm a funny nickname for one of your characters. Someone in your story is bound to have a nickname. Find one and add that to create a more relational warmth to your story.

*Draw a picture of your character’s town. It doesn’t have to be beautiful, but if you can see the town in your head and then put it on the page, you will be able to create it more clearly in your novel. Build that community to be a place we can all envision.

We’re in the Final Stretch. Make it count. This week I’m going to stretch myself to reach 12,000 words(crazy, I know). What are your goals for this week?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo The Final Stretch – Brainstorming Warm-Ups

  1. M. Saint-Germain says:

    You go, girl! I believe in you. You can do it!
    I have so much catching up to do. Off I go…. (My MAC died last week and had to take a vacation in the shop for the week. Ugh! Of all times.)
    Thanks for this encouragement today.

  2. Melissa Tagg says:

    While I’m not technically doing NaNo, I am in the final stretch of my book. These tips are great! Thanks, Michelle!

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